In conjunction with the recent agreements made with the Chinese government to cut carbon emissions, this progress made by the United States sets an example for the rest of the world to follow; post-EU agreement on carbon permits from a few weeks ago.
“In the Presidential Memorandum, President Obama set a goal requiring federal government agencies to obtain 20 percent of the electricity they use annually from renewable energy resources by 2020. He noted that, during his tenure, federal agencies, as of December 2013, had reduced annual GHG emissions over 15 percent, by 7.8 million metric tons. That’s the equivalent of taking some 1.5 million cars off the road. The purchase of 140 MWs of emissions-free wind power from Walnut Ridge will avoid an estimated additional 499,973 metric tons of CO2 emissions a year” (www.triplepundit.com).
Although the US currently leads the world in carbon emissions, the government proves to be making attempts to reduce their global carbon footprint which, in turn, will hopefully spark additional motivation from other national government to do the same.